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Nation’s Top Teacher Drops Resignation Bomb: “I Can’t Drill ‘em and Kill ‘em”

That was near the end of the 2013-2014 school year, so for her to announce her resignation the following year, nowhere near retirement age, is astonishing and enough to make the greater majority of people to say, “what gives?” In the speech below, she will tell you exactly what gives.

But more than that, this speech is utterly heart wrenching because it erupts in tears of another kind.

Earlier this month, Starr was merely to provide information at a Lorain County Education Forum about PARCC testing as it relates to special education students. PARCC is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a coalition of states that is using the test to drive Common Core by assessing students (and teachers) to see how “up to par” they are on the new, fast-paced and nonsensical programming.

What is even more insidious, is that special needs students have been left out of the mix to fall by the wayside. By that I mean, while they are normally allowed to have helps for their disability (like having the test read aloud), they are not allowed any such thing with PARCC. Which means that PARCC is acting outside and above the law with a “survival of the fittest” standard. Starr demonstrates the irony of all the children becoming “left behind” in this new system.

Attorneys for gay Mobile couple ask federal court to sanction Mobile County probate judge

Source: Mobile Press-Register

With windows at the marriage license department in Mobile County remaining closed for more than 2½ hours Monday, attorneys for a lesbian couple asked a federal judge to hold Probate Judge Don Davis in contempt.

The lawyers, Christine Hernandez and David Kennedy, at first urged patience as Davis huddled with lawyers to figure out how to respond to conflicting court orders from U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. "Ginny" Granade and Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

With Davis refusing to make a decision one way or the other, the office remained closed to couples seeking marriage license but eventually opened to people wishing to record deeds and conduct other business.


The two couples who filed lawsuits in Mobile - Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand, and James Strawser and John Humphrey - were at Mobile Probate Court early Monday. It was Granade's ruling in those two cases last month that paved the way for Alabama to become the 37th state where gay marriage is legal.

Read more: http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/02/attorneys_for_gay_mobile_coupl.html

These are the couples who brought the case in the original ruling.
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