Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 79,529
Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 79,529
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.
Be sure to watch the video. There are many more outrages in the video that are not in the story. One of the officers would get out of his car on a traffic stop with an AR15 strapped on his shoulder and wearing tactical gear.
Speed trap city accused of corruption, threatened with extinction
Hampton, Florida (CNN) -- How off-the-charts corrupt do you have to be to capture somebody's attention in the Sunshine State?
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Welcome to Hampton, the Most Corrupt Little Town in Florida
A little landlocked city in Florida is so outrageously corrupt that state officials are trying to abolish it.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Mar 10, 2014, 01:24 AM (11 replies)
This is beautiful.
In Memory Of.....
St. Peter was closing the gate when newly arrived Rufus asked, “You let HIM in?”
Then the post says "the boss" even let him put something on the gates as he entered.
As a recovering Southern Baptist I understand the harm often done by organized religion. I remember when Bartcop and I talked on the phone in the early 2000's. We were discussing the lead up to the Iraq invasion, and I mentioned how my then church was supporting the "holy war" from the pulpit. That got him started. What a conversation.
Yes, I am sure "the boss" understands.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 01:09 PM (16 replies)
Eva Moskowitz has been moving her charter schools, Success Academies, into public school buildings at no cost to her. She has been pretty much taking over the space she wanted, and pushing the public school students and teachers aside.
Mayor de Blasio is taking steps against this, and she is even considering a lawsuit against him. With Cuomo beside her she is getting great support in the media.
De Blasio and Operator of Charter School Empire Do Battle
Eva S. Moskowitz, left, founder of Success Academy Charter Schools, led a rally Tuesday in Albany, while Mayor Bill de Blasio, who differs with her, led a separate demonstration. Credit Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times
She was a darling of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration, given free space to expand her charter schools from a single one in Harlem into a network larger than many New York State school districts. Along the way, her Success Academy empire became a beacon of the country’s charter school movement, its seats coveted by thousands of families as chronicled in the film “Waiting for ‘Superman.’ ”
de Blasio cancelled 3 of her schools while allowing 5 others to go ahead. The reason? Not one you will hear in the propaganda being spouted.
The mayor’s office noted that while it canceled plans for three Success charter schools last week, it allowed five more to open as planned. It said that it withdrew space from the three not out of animus toward Ms. Moskowitz, but because those schools would have placed elementary school students with high school students or cut programs for students with disabilities.
Moskowitz will keep fighting with the governor by her side for this issue which greatly affects the public school spaces which she takes over. She often gets the choice parts of the building and the public school students are pushed aside.
Moskowitz is on a warpath against de Blasio, exploring all options — including a lawsuit — to keep open three Success Academy schools that serve nearly 200 Harlem kids.
Alfred Giancarli for New York Daily News
Eva Moskowitz will continue to fight for her Success Academy network — even if it means taking the mayor to court.
Embattled education crusader Eva Moskowitz vowed Thursday to do whatever it takes to salvage the education of nearly 200 Harlem kids whose high-performing charter school was booted from public space by Mayor de Blasio.
Gov. Cuomo said he is working on a 'legislative fix' to help charter schools.
Mayoral control has been supported by education reformers for ages. Arne supports it, Rahm supports it....now Cuomo will try to change the policy because the new mayor isn't going to give Eva Moskowitz free rein.
More on Moskowitz.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Mar 7, 2014, 10:20 AM (10 replies)
Eva Moskowitz heads the Success Academy Charter schools. Under Bloomberg this group moved freely into public school buildings, taking over space and pushing the public school students and teachers aside.
Apparently NBC4 News simply spouted out the PR favorable to her academy and did no research at all.
To Whom It May Concern
I just watched what appeared to be a commercial for Eva Moskowitz charter schools, introduced by your anchor as a "war on charters." I saw no mention that de Blasio had closed fewer than one quarter of the colocations Bloomberg pushed through. I saw no mention of the charters, including the Moskowitz charters, that were not closed. Nor was there any mention of attrition at Moskowitz charters, or the fact that they do not take a representative selection of city kids.
Here's a little bit about what happens when Eva and her academies move into a school. They simply take over. Rent free.
Eva Moskowitz moves charter school into another public school's space, boots them from classrooms.
The "Eva" Empire has expanded to the Bronx, bringing a Harlem turf war for school space into the borough. Eva Moskowitz, the City Council member-turned-charter school CEO, has opened two new academies from her charter school franchise, Success Charter Network, inside Public School 30 in Mott Haven, and PS 146 in Morrisania. And Bronx Success Academies 1 and 2 are already ruffling feathers with district school staffers.
And Eva is not exactly fond of students who are not totally in step with their goals. They have ways of "counseling out" those students who don't conform.
One of their principals had this to say about special education students.
At Harlem Success, disability is a dirty word. “I’m not a big believer in special ed,” Fucaloro says. For many children who arrive with individualized education programs, or IEPs, he goes on, the real issues are “maturity and undoing what the parents allow the kids to do in the house—usually mama—and I reverse that right away.” When remediation falls short, according to sources in and around the network, families are counseled out. “Eva told us that the school is not a social-service agency,” says the Harlem Success teacher. “That was an actual quote.”
That same principal said their goal was to make all the students little "test-taking machines".
Quoting an extra paragraph because it is from a former post of mine, and I give permission to use it. The passages are from different articles.
“We have a gap to close, so I want the kids on edge, constantly,” Fucaloro adds. “By the time test day came, they were like little test-taking machines.”
That is their goal? Turning kids into test-taking machines?
Good for teacher Arthur Goldstein for speaking out about this propaganda.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 11:04 PM (20 replies)
Mike Luckovich today...Truth Dig.
Saving Private Shirt
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 01:08 AM (4 replies)
Actually most leaders in both parties failed us then in the lead up to the invasion.
I have been looking for the 2004 article in Mother Jones. I believe it was called A Legacy of Lies. It tells of our leaders going on TV and scaring us about the dangers posed by Iraq.
I saved part of it, found it in a post from 2009. Almost unbelievable. DU was about the only place I learned about the real situation. When I came in 2002 my eyes were opened wide.
These two people stunned me in their exaggerations. Heck, they started back in the 90s with the fear tactics.
Iraq was a legacy of lies told and lies believed. A confused time. A tragic time.
Faced with the need to justify an economically devastating and internationally unpopular embargo of Iraq, the Clinton administration engaged in a pattern of stretching and distorting weapons data to bolster their claim that Saddam Hussein was still hiding an illicit arsenal. The Clinton White House never used that "intelligence" to push for an invasion of Iraq, as Bush so effectively did. But in its desperate quest to salvage a crumbling Iraq policy, the Clinton White House laid the groundwork for the deceptions of their successors.
And there was the trusted Colin Powell. I remember that Kofi Annan pointed out in his book that Powell never really believed his testimony about Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Kofi Annan's memoir: Did Colin Powell doubt his own WMD claims?
Kofi Annan, who was secretary-general of the United Nations during the lead-up to war, is releasing a new memoir — Interventions: A Life in War and Peace — in which he says that Powell had greater doubts than previously believed about the Bush administration's evidence suggesting that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. How skeptical was Powell? Here, a brief guide to Annan's account:
The media is failing us again. It would help if some sensible leaders of either party could manage some air or print time to stand up to the lies about Russia and Ukraine...and tell us the simple truth.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Mar 4, 2014, 01:35 AM (104 replies)
Professional Development meetings, sometimes called In-Service, are supposed to be offering up intelligent new developments in the field of education. Looks like someone in the back of the room took this video.
Published on Feb 17, 2014
This presenter was one of several consultants flown in from California and the United Kingdom for the Chicago Public Schools' Office of Strategic School Support Services' special network. This is a professional development for teachers of Saturday ISAT preparation classes.
This woman actually gets paid for this terrible presentation.
From CBS News Chicago:
In Video, Consultant Treats CPS Teachers Like Small Children
CHICAGO (CBS) — A video posted on You Tube apparently shows a consultant running a professional development seminar and treating Chicago Public School teachers like kindergartners.
Just like little children being asked to memorize something.
Canadian Education blogger Joe Bower had a whole lot more to say. He's right.
Here is what Education Hell looks like
He makes 4 valid points.
1. Roller coaster of emotions. I experienced a roller coaster of emotions as I watched this apocalyptic video. First, I was in shock. I couldn't believe this was happening. Second, I was angry. I couldn't imagine sitting in that classroom chanting without speaking up or walking out. Third, I was profoundly sad. If this is the nature of education reform and the future of our schools then I want nothing to do with it. Lastly, I am energized and hopeful. The only thing that cancerous education policies and practices need to survive is for good teachers to say and do nothing.
Leaving out #4 to add his last paragraph, to which I think the answer is yes...unfortunately.
One last bonus horror: Is this being done to the teachers to encourage them to return to their classrooms and do exactly this to their students?
Before I retired this kind of mindless stuff was already beginning. Our last few development days were jokes. We were all stifling laughter, or perhaps tears as well.
Wasted time, wasted money to that consultant, and even worse degrading to the teachers.
That is not just Rahm's Chicago school system (yes it is his because he has mayoral control). It is happening on various scales around the country.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Mar 2, 2014, 09:04 PM (83 replies)
Two Florida Democratic congress folks prefer their Republican incumbents to their own party.
This time around, Wasserman Schultz and Meek say their relationships with the Republican incumbents, Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and his brother Mario, and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, leave them little choice but to sit out the three races.
I call that party disloyalty. So Wasserman-Schultz best not lecture any one who questions policy. Seems she gave up that right in supporting right wing GOPers because they were friends.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Mar 1, 2014, 11:23 PM (0 replies)
I was just reading his post about how the Left HAS taken many "Beat Downs" from the Party Power Brokers.
He tells about how the party leaders, the WH and the election committees, stepped in and interfered in state primaries.
They have done so much of that in Florida. These are only instances that I know of personally, and most of them are from the early to mid 2000s. We were very active politically here at that time, and it was painful to see.
Here's what the DCCC under Rahm did in FL's 16th district with the help of then state party chairwoman, Karen Thurman.
Mahoney vs Lutrin....what was done in FL 16th by Rahm and Thurman.
Remember Tim Mahoney? He had an affair and lost miserably. He had replaced a strong union supporter and liberal school teacher, David Lutrin. Dave was forced out of the face by Rahm and Karen Thurman. On purpose. Deliberately.
David Lutrin, a school teacher, union activist and staunch supporter of immediate withdrawal from Iraq, decided to run against Foley before Mahoney entered the race. After Mahoney declared his candidacy, Lutrin was contacted by field organizers for the DCCC who asked him to drop out and let Mahoney run unopposed.
Screwed by your own union. No doubt they had pressure or promises or both from Rahm and Karen.
Earlier on there was Jan Schneider. I know of this one from personal experience.
More on the tale of what the DCCC is doing in Florida's 13th District.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) March 16, 2006 -- In 2004, Jan Schneider ran the closest Congressional race in the State of Florida -- and she did it against incumbent Congresswoman Katherine Harris! Some prominent friends, relatives and associates in Las Vegas, Nevada -- including local Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-Las Vegas), foundation chair Elahé Mir-Djalali Omidyar (mother of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar), prominent physician and philanthropist Dr. Parvin Modaber Jacobs and actor and artist Tony Curtis -- are helping Schneider win the open seat Harris is vacating to run against Florida Senator Bill Nelson. They are throwing a fundraiser at the luxurious Grand Salon, Park Towers, One Hughes Center Drive in Las Vegas tomorrow, March 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has also previously contributed to the Schneider campaign.
Her primary opponent, Christine Jennings, came into the race with the support of the DCCC...which led to Barbara Boxer's support, and so on.
About Christine Jennings
"SARASOTA COUNTY -- In just over an hour on Tuesday morning, Democrat Christine Jennings raised more than $100,000 in political contributions in her bid to win a seat in Congress.
Screwed by the DCCC. This one was personal for us.
I get almost 20 emails a day from progressives running in campaigns this time. Probably it is a result of still belonging to the DFA, run by Jim Dean. It is definitely a result of our surfeit of donations during the years of the Dean campaign.
When I think of what the Power Brokers of the party have done in Florida...just the stuff I know about on a personal level, I find myself being very cautious with my donations. Why? Because I remember how those Power Brokers played a role along with the media in the end of the Dean Campaign. And I can't forget.
The battle and its early beginnings
Liberal Oasis on Howard Dean and the DLC
My late hubby and I both thought, as did all the others in our campaign group here....indys, Republicans, Democrats....that what we were doing would make a difference. We thought our enthusiasm would bring change. It didn't, and the disillusionment has been hard to shake.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Mar 1, 2014, 11:11 PM (80 replies)
Good for her. I openly and proudly identity myself a liberal, even in this fundamentalist right wing area in which I live....with a Southern Baptist Church on nearly every corner. I especially emphasize it to former Southern Baptists I see. When I was recently in the hospital some of these groups would walk the halls and go in rooms to see if they could pray with patients. I told them they should have gotten my permission via a nurse before they walked in.
When word gets out you are a liberal everyone around here wants to pray for you.
Anyway, back to Digby. She's right. More and more are wearing the liberal label after it's been abused for years.
A Dirty Word Gets Clean
When I came to DU in 2002 I was terribly afraid of the word "liberal". Where I live it was taking a chance to mention it, still is sometimes....and still is in our neighborhood.
I am not fearful of it any longer, and I am proud to give myself that label.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Feb 28, 2014, 10:06 PM (23 replies)