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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 83,793
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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Shots Still Reverberate For Survivors Of Kent State
From 2010: It's now been 45 years.
It was 40 years ago Tuesday that the shootings — which killed four people and wounded nine others — stunned the nation. Even at the height of the Vietnam War protests, no one imagined that government soldiers would fire real bullets at unarmed college students.
Here is the audio slideshow from NPR.
On May 4, 1970, unarmed college students were shot by members of the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University. Forty years later, this slideshow takes a look back at the events of the day.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon May 4, 2015, 04:59 AM (13 replies)
What's Wrong With America Looking More Like Scandinavia?
During an interview on ABC's "This Week," host George Stephanopoulos asked the 73-year-old Vermont senator if it's really possible for someone like him to be elected president. Sanders, who identifies as a democratic socialist, announced his White House run last week.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun May 3, 2015, 01:32 PM (236 replies)
DeBlasio took stand against some charters. So they passed a law to give millions to charter schools.
It was meant to rebuke him, and it's a law that will take tens of millions from public schools to benefit charter schools. Seems they are harming students and parents and teachers in trying to spite DeBlasio.
City set to begin paying millions for charter-school rent under new law
By the end of May, the Department of Education will have sent money to dozens of expanding charter schools to cover this year’s facility costs, according to a letter sent to school leaders this month. The schools are the first to reap the significant financial benefits of a state law passed just over a year ago that is sure to grow more costly for the city in the coming years.
For several years charter schools in New York have been allowed to move into existing public schools and in effect take over the facilities.
Charter school moves into public school..moves furniture around, takes over auditorium.
Suzanne Tecza had spent a year redesigning the library at Middle School 126 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, including colorful new furniture and elaborate murals of leafy trees. So when her principal decided this year to give the space to the charter high schools that share the building, Ms. Tecza was furious.
Charter schools, privately run but publicly financed, are generally nonunion, freeing them from labor restrictions. They have gained traction with their promise of innovative teaching methods and more flexible work rules for teachers. Arne Duncan, President Obama’s education secretary, has told states that they must remove impediments to charter schools as a condition of winning so-called Race to the Top grants.
More about how KIPP charters took over a school.
KIPP charter school invades NY public school with "A" grade....read the views of both sides.
DeBlasio did try to stand up to charter school leaders like Eva Moskowitz, who moves her Success Academies wherever she likes.
DeBlasio said they must stop enabling Moskowitz. But Cuomo to hold huge fundraiser for her.
Here are his words during the campaign. I found them in a long video interview of Eva Moskowitz by Reason TV. It's about 4 minutes in.
But Moskowitz threatened to go to the president if DeBlasio crossed her, and Cuomo took her side.
ALBANY—Eva Moskowitz said she would go to the president of the United States to help her students if she had to. For now, she's stopping at Andrew Cuomo.
The education reformers will stop at nothing to get their way. Too bad public school advocates don't have the resources to fight back.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat May 2, 2015, 10:16 PM (6 replies)
Who is Marilyn J. Mosby? A Guide to the Baltimore State’s Attorney
Why Charges in the Freddie Gray Case Came Quickly
In some ways, Mosby is an unlikely prosecutor to bring charges against police officers in the Gray case. Five generations of her family were all in law enforcement, and her grandfather was one of the first African-American police officers in Massachusetts. “I know that the majority of police officers are really hard-working officers who are risking their lives day in and day out, but those really bad ones who go rogue do a disservice to the officers who are risking their lives and taking time away from their families,” she told Baltimore Magazine in January.
Sounds like a very strong lady.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri May 1, 2015, 09:39 PM (7 replies)
Unlike Clinton and the vast majority of his Senate colleagues, Sanders has parlayed his career in public service into a lifestyle that is less than lavish. He makes $174,000, a salary frozen since 2009. He lives in a narrow, two-floor, one-bedroom townhouse on Capitol Hill that he bought (from me) for less than $500,000. There's a window air-conditioning unit on the second floor because the 125-year-old home doesn't have central air. It's worth the price of a mansion in Iowa or New Hampshire or Vermont, but it's modest for a walk-to-work crash pad a few blocks from the Senate.
I guess he owns a home in Vermont also.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri May 1, 2015, 01:39 PM (45 replies)
Sen. Bernie Sanders, the latest presidential hopeful, issues dire warning to Alabama
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, ranking member of the Budget Committee, outlined the cuts he predicted in an April 26 letter to Gov. Robert Bentley. He sent similar letters to governors of every state.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Apr 30, 2015, 01:41 PM (3 replies)
Cuomo on ‘opt out’: Tests don’t count against students
Cuomo. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
More to the story, though. Cuomo had vetoed a bill that would spare teachers from being affected by this often faulty roll out of new tests.
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday said parents who have chosen to have their children “opt out” of taking this month’s state exams don’t understand that the scores are “meaningless” in terms of students' grades.
Cuomo and lawmakers initially intended to also shield teachers from consequences of students’ low scores on the Common Core-aligned tests. At the end of the 2014 legislative session, Cuomo introduced and the Legislature passed a “safety net” bill for educators who might be in danger of being fired because of the rough rollout to the higher standards. But Cuomo later vetoed it.
From the comments section:
So lets get this straight..............
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Apr 29, 2015, 12:22 AM (13 replies)
And so Arne Duncan is asserting his power, showing his ignorance about education, and threatening the states that don't stop the Opt Outs.
He must think someone appointed him God of Education.
As opt-out numbers grow, Arne Duncan says feds may have to step in
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Tuesday that the federal government is obligated to intervene if states fail to address the rising number of students who are boycotting mandated annual exams.
There are some interesting posts in the comments section.
This post in the comments is really good. I think Arne Duncan has opened a big old can of worms here.
yarissa • 5 days ago
IMO Arne may be starting a battle he can not win. Time for President Obama to rein him in or fire him. He is threatening a war with teachers, parents, students, and states.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Apr 27, 2015, 02:18 PM (71 replies)
Branded as trade agreement, but what's really at stake.
Trade officials from twelve Pacific Rim nations--Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile,
And a little from one of my favorite columnists, Michael Hiltzik.
On the other side of the argument is the trade pact's potential to foster economic growth and job creation — "650,000 jobs in the U.S. alone," as Secretary of State John F. Kerry asserted last month. But that widely challenged figure is extrapolated from a 2012 report by the Peterson Institute of International Economics, which didn't offer a jobs estimate. In fact, the report said the TPP might dislocate workers and drive older people out of the workforce — and that any benefits might be canceled out by the resulting costs to workers and society. Evidence from earlier trade pacts, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, suggests that the benefits for developing countries among the treaty signatories are similarly oversold.
Here is more from the Public Citizen website about the Investor State system.
Investor-State Attacks: Empowering Foreign Corporations to Bypass our Courts, Challenge Basic Protections
Among the most dangerous but least known parts of today's "trade" agreements are extraordinary new rights and privileges granted to foreign corporations and investors that formally prioritize corporate rights over the right of governments to regulate and the sovereign right of nations to govern their own affairs. These terms empower individual foreign corporations to skirt domestic courts and directly challenge any policy or action of a sovereign government before World Bank and UN tribunals.
At the bottom of that link there are more examples of other cases going on.
I was also reading a post here today that I had missed.
Fact or Fiction: Does the Hatch-Wyden-Obama Trade Promotion Authority Bill Protect U.S. Sovereignty
Thanks, Cali, for posting that.
I am surprised at how many still compare sincere questioning about such a drastic policy to being a hater of Obama. I still get feedback that is ugly when I question how public education and public school teachers have been steamrolled by this administration's corporate education reform.
I hope the use of terms like hater soon stops, or else it is going to be a tough time until next November.
My late hubby and I supported Obama both times, not just donating but locally taking part as well. It makes me feel like I am no longer part of a party when questioning policies brings labels like that.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Apr 26, 2015, 12:17 AM (69 replies)
This article from National Journal links to Democratic Underground.
I am very upset when our Democratic leaders talk like that. Opposing the trade agreement that would likely take away our sovereignty makes us as liberals nothing at all like the tea party right.
This trade deal seems so serious a step that I would say that if it passes our votes would mean very little from then on.
He was speaking to an OFA group.
Obama Compares Progressive Opposition to Trade Deal to ‘Death Panels’ as the Left Ramps Up Opposition
"If you were watching MSNBC and all this stuff, and you're thinking, 'Oh, man, I love Obama but what's going on here?'" the president joked. Obama tried to reframe the deal as part of his push for what he calls "middle-class economics," which he said was "the idea that this country does best when everybody gets their fair shot, everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules."
And the link to a post here:
The speech is the latest effort in the Obama team's hard sell to progressives. A group of former Obama campaign officials have also started a pro-TPP group called the Progressive Coalition for American Jobs. On Friday, George Zornick of The Nation tweeted that Obama joined a press call with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on Friday, and criticized politicians who "send emails out to their fundraising base that they're working to stop a secret deal," a not-so-subtle shot at Warren.
Well, now, to quote Elizabeth Warren recently... "We're Not Allowed To Talk About" TPP Specifics, Process Is "Rigged"
SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: They're asking us to vote now on greasing the skids, so that we give up now any chance to be able to amend it, any chance to be able to block it or slow it down. Give all that up, and then you'll get to see the deal on the other side...
Negotiations have been so secretive, it pretty much says it is not at all about the people...and everything about the power players.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Apr 24, 2015, 01:40 PM (139 replies)