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The curious and ironic fact is that no matter how much money was pumped into public education, the achievement gap between Anglos, Hispanics and Blacks remained and still do, along with the corruption and ineptitude. I've been working as a volunteer in ed reform since 1990, and have documented the abuses. Look up the State Grand Jury Report on Broward Schools, wherein the GJ recommended that the School Board be abolished and the state take over. The corruption was that bad. Voters drop off after the major races; that's been the pattern for years as well. So a select few elect the school boards and, in districts where it applies, superintendents. Simply screaming about cutting education funding is disingenuous, but too many politicians are exactly that by definition. The salaries paid to administrators on all levels, K-higher ed are over the top. The underpaid teachers and professors are apparently represented by ineffective and corrupted unions. If voters don't start to pay attention to the details of education funding and spending, it'll never change.
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You don't think Sink's comments are offensive? She said we need immigrants to be maids and gardeners. That's not offensive? What in the sam hill would be offensive to you? Sink's comments are also stupid. I'm NPA, don't much like either candidate, so don't label me far right, tea party, etc. etc. etc.
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The operative words in this op-ed piece are "After that we'll have to see." That one's easy. This is going to be even worse a year from now when not enough healthy young people sign up and the insurance companies take the same actions. It's what happens when they push through legislation without even a cursory examination of cause and effect. Read "Founding Brothers" by Joseph J. Ellis, p. 9: "...the original 'spirit of '76' was an instinctive aversion to coercive political power of any sort and a thoroughgoing dread of the inevitable corruptions that result when unseen rulers congregate in distant places." Amen.
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Don't forget the battle over Common Core. This endorsement requires a quo to its quid.
What voter fraud? There is no voter fraud. Repeat after me. There is no voter fraud. It's racism, that's what it is!
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Good work, Kendale folks! It could've been worse. During the 80's the school board members were naming schools for themselves without shame. I asked why they wouldn't prefer people who live on in blessed memory for generations, such as Anne Frank, Albert Einstein, Harriet Tubman. Of course they ignored the suggestion.
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I guess the "Independent" review forgot to read the emails that show they were deliberately trying to make the generous donor's school look good. What a fraud this is on the taxpayers.Now you know how the untested, unproved Common Core got as far as it has. Just create facts and come to outrageous conclusions from non-facts.
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It's long past time to dissolve the entire department and allow the universities that have child abuse prevention teams to take charge. And yes the not for profits that get so much money are in too many cases paying chief executives and administrators outrageously high salaries and perks. The Broward Children's Services Council managed to build an administration building, even after the first try caused a public outcry. It collects millions yearly in tax dollars, but have has it ever been audited for spending and performance? Time to inventory and audit all of the social services agencies, public and private to see how much could be saved by eliminating high salaries, duplication of services and creating and holding them accountable for performance standards. I got involved in child abuse prevention in the early 70's, coordinating a community coalition in Dade that got funding for the UM/JMH Children's Multidisciplinary Treatment Team and the first Crisis Nursery in S. FL.. I was one of the pilot Guardians ad Litem, and nothing has changed, no matter what name the department goes by. Promoting from within a dysfunctional department is a great definition of insanity, i.e., doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The dead children need to have someone to speak for them and make sure no more die because of the department's failures.
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And how many tax dollars is Comm. Bennett going to spend on his flacking? We are not conspiracists. We are Florida and US citizens fighting useless curricula and data gathering of children without parental/family consent. How dare you insult us. I'm an NPA, fiscal conservative. Even the RNC voted to oppose Common Core. Kathy Livermore, an officer in Independent Voices for Better Education, Inc. dissected the Common Core math curriculum. Read it, please. parentsoped.blogspot.com on the IVBE website www.ivbe.org
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I do know that during Crew's reign, he taunted and dissed Logan often. It was like watching a soap opera when he was Sup't. I'll never forget the time Logan was asking challenging questions that he didn't want to answer, and he said "I don't have to listen to this prattle." For that ongoing effort alone, I admire her. /s/ Charlotte Greenbarg, former M-Dade activist, now in Broward
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