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Why the hell won't the City Commissars pay David Wray's legal bills ? My guess .. pure blind hate.
It is good to hear Mr. Pollack speak out as opposed to the little crisis actors like David Hogg going around the country attacking the 2nd Amendment . Watch Tucker Carlson: The problem with letting children write news stories...
OK, I'll share this from the Federalist: First Common Core High School Grads Worst-Prepared For College In 15 Years This is the opposite of what we were told would happen with trillions of taxpayer dollars and an entire generation of children who deserve not to have been guinea pigs in a failed national experiment. Joy Pullmann By Joy Pullmann OCTOBER 31, 2019 For the third time in a row since Common Core was fully phased in nationwide, U.S. student test scores on the nation’s broadest and most respected test have dropped, a reversal of an upward trend between 1990 and 2015. Further, the class of 2019, the first to experience all four high school years under Common Core, is the worst-prepared for college in 15 years, according to a new report. The National Assessment of Educational Progress is a federally mandated test given every other year in reading and mathematics to students in grades four and eight. (Periodically it also tests other subjects and grade levels.) In the latest results, released Wednesday, American students slid yet again on nearly every measure. Reading was the worst hit, with both fourth and eighth graders losing ground compared to the last year tested, 2017. Eighth graders also slid in math, although fourth graders improved by one point in math overall. Thanks to Neal McCluskey at the Cato Institute, here’s a graph showing the score changes since NAEP was instituted in the 1990s. “Students in the U.S. made significant progress in math and reading achievement on NAEP from 1990 until 2015, when the first major dip in achievement scores occurred,” reported U.S. News and World Report. Perhaps not coincidentally, 2015 is the year states were required by the Obama administration to have fully phased in Common Core. Common Core is a set of national instruction and testing mandates implemented starting in 2010 without approval from nearly any legislative body and over waves of bipartisan citizen protests. President Obama, his Education Secretary Arne Duncan, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Bill Gates, and myriad other self-described education reformers promised Common Core would do exactly the opposite of what has happened: improve U.S. student achievement. As Common Core was moving into schools, 69 percent of school principals said they also thought it would improve student achievement. All of these “experts” were wrong, wrong, wrong. “The results are, frankly, devastating,” said U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement about the 2019 NAEP results. “This country is in a student achievement crisis, and over the past decade it has continued to worsen, especially for our most vulnerable students. Two out of three of our nation’s children aren’t proficient readers. In fact, fourth grade reading declined in 17 states and eighth grade reading declined in 31.” On the same day the NAEP results were released, the college testing organization ACT released a report showing that the high school class of 2019’s college preparedness in English and math is at seniors’ lowest levels in 15 years. These students are the first to have completed all four high school years under Common Core. “Readiness levels in English, reading, math, and science have all decreased since 2015, with English and math seeing the largest decline,” the report noted. Student achievement declined on ACT’s measures among U.S. students of all races except for Asian-Americans, whose achievement increased. ACT was one of the myriad organizations that profited from supporting Common Core despite its lack of success for children and taxpayers. Its employees helped develop Common Core and the organization has received millions in taxpayer dollars to help create Common Core tests. “ACT is one of the best barometers of student progress, and our college-bound kids are doing worse than they have in the ACT’s history,” said Center for Education Reform CEO Jeanne Allen in a statement. These recent results are not anomalies, but the latest in a repeated series of achievement declines on various measuring sticks since Common Core was enacted. This is the opposite of what we were told would happen with trillions of taxpayer dollars and an entire generation of children who deserve not to have been guinea pigs in a failed national experiment. Perhaps the top stated goal of Common Core was to increase American kids’ “college and career readiness.” The phrase is so central to Common Core’s branding that it is part of the mandates’ formal title for its English “anchor standards” and appears 60 times in the English requirements alone. Yet all the evidence since Common Core was shoved into schools, just as critics argued, shows that it has at best done nothing to improve students’ “college and career readiness,” and at worst has damaged it. While of course many factors go into student achievement, it’s very clear from the available information that U.S. teachers and schools worked hard to do what Common Core demanded and that, regardless, their efforts have not yielded good results. A 2016 survey, for example, found “more than three quarters of teachers (76%) reported having changed at least half of their classroom instruction as a result of [Common Core]; almost one fifth (19%) reported having changed almost all of it.” An October poll of registered voters across the country found 52 percent think their local public schools are “excellent” or “good,” although 55 percent thought the U.S. public school system as a whole is either just “fair” or “poor.” Things are a lot worse on both fronts than most Americans are willing to realize. Compared to the rest of the world, even the United States’ top school districts only generate average student achievement, according to the Global Report Card. Common Core was touted as the solution to several decades of lackluster student performance like this that have deprived our economy of trillions in economic growth and would lift millions of Americans out of poverty. That was when U.S. test scores, while mediocre and reflecting huge levels of functional illiteracy, were better than they are now. It is thus still the case, as it was when the Coleman Report was released 53 years ago, that U.S. public schools do not lift children above the conditions of their home lives. They add nothing to what children already do or do not get from at home, when we know from the track record of the distressingly few excellent schools that this is absolutely possible and therefore should be non-negotiably required. But because the people in charge of U.S. education not only neither lose power nor credibility but actually profit when American kids fail, we can only expect things to get worse.
Nothing disrespectful there. Just her record. RIP
I will get grief for bringing this up this up but here goes. "Why Meadow Died" by Andrew Pollock "The People And Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter And Endanger America's Students"
Ah yes, the Braves fold again in October. They were at one time America's team. I too am a Braves fan and as youth followed my favorite team, the former AA Southern Association Atlanta Crackers ( not PC today ) I have some great memories of Atlanta,s Ponce de Leon Park . In 1949 the Brooklyn Dodgers played an exhibition game there with the Crackers . I hung around the dressing room afterwards and got autographs from Dodger greats like Gil Hodges, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson etc. The next year , 1950, I got an autograph from Cracker rookie and Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Eddie Mathews. He hit 32 home runs that year. For many years, Ponce de Leon Park featured a large Magnolia tree in deep center field which was in play. Eventually, long-time Crackers exec and owner Earl Mann moved the fences in, taking the tree out of play. Urban legend has it that Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Eddie Mathews both blasted home runs into the branches of the Magnolia tree. So, wait till next year.
TC, yes indeed is unfortunate that one , much less so many " responsible " organizations " are doing this. )-: Did Lax Obama-Era School-Discipline Policies Enable the Parkland Shooter? By DAVID FRENCH The closer you look at the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., the more you realize that it might have been one of the most preventable significant crimes in recent American history. We’re familiar by now with the government’s sins of omission — how it failed to act time and again in the face of evidence that the shooter presented a clear and present danger to the public. Graham, Van Hollen Announce Bipartisan Deal on Sanctions against Turkey Woke Capital Has Exposed Itself Hillary Clinton’s Publicist Told Ronan Farrow His Weinstein Exposé Was a ‘Concern’ for Clinton: REPORT Is the Tide Shifting on Ignoring Politicians’ Well-Connected Idiot Sons? In Defense of the Atlanta Braves ‘Tomahawk Chop’ Chant A Traditional Catholic College in the Second-Least Religious State China Bites the Apple Remember, Planned Parenthood Is Just a Health-Care Group Grassley Seeks Update after Asking DOJ to Investigate Swetnick and Avenatti’s Kavanaugh Allegations Warren Releases $1.5 Trillion Plan to Address ‘Environmental Racism’ Lindsey Graham Condemns Trump’s Syrian Troop Withdrawal: ‘He’s Putting the Nation at Risk’ Mueller Was Seeking FBI Director Job When He Met with Trump in 2017: Report Where There’s More Diversity, There’s a Tiny Bit Less Trust Trump Administration Missteps Weaken U.S. Hand Entering Chinese Trade Negotiations The School-Reform Battle College Diversity Tinkering Creates a Tangled Web More articles Previous articles EDUCATION Did Lax Obama-Era School-Discipline Policies Enable the Parkland Shooter? By DAVID FRENCH March 2, 2018 4:58 PM A father and his two children outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School four days after the shooting in Parkland, Fla., February 18, 2018. (Jonathan Drake/Reuters) Broward County had adopted guidelines designed in part to limit law-enforcement involvement with students, even those who posed a threat. The closer you look at the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., the more you realize that it might have been one of the most preventable significant crimes in recent American history. We’re familiar by now with the government’s sins of omission — how it failed to act time and again in the face of evidence that the shooter presented a clear and present danger to the public. But how about a sin of commission? Did an Obama-era policy designed to reduce the “school-to-prison pipeline” prevent police from using available tools that could have stopped the shooting? One of the greatest challenges in American public life is to end mass incarceration without endangering the public. How can reform efforts keep violent offenders off the streets while still decreasing America’s extraordinarily high prison population? The tragic experience in Broward County teaches us how not to fix the crisis. Stopping the “school-to-prison” pipeline by simply refusing to arrest violent students carries with it unacceptably high costs. Yesterday Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations published a comprehensive report that reached an explosive conclusion: Despite committing a string of arrestable offenses on campus before the Florida school shooting, Nikolas Cruz was able to escape the attention of law enforcement, pass a background check and purchase the weapon he used to slaughter three staff members and 14 fellow students because of Obama administration efforts to make school discipline more lenient. Overstatement? Perhaps, but it contains an important element of truth. In 2013, the Broward County school board entered into an agreement with multiple law-enforcement agencies — including the Broward County sheriff — designed to limit the number of on-campus arrests. Obama education secretary Arne Duncan even highlighted Broward County’s efforts to reduce out-of-school suspensions and try alternative forms of discipline. Broward County was reportedly “one of 53 major school districts” to adopt Obama-administration guidelines designed in part to limit law-enforcement involvement in school discipline. Sperry quoted Peter Kirsanow, a conservative member of the Commission on Civil Rights: Broward County adopted a lenient disciplinary policy similar to those adopted by many other districts under pressure from the Obama administration to reduce racial “disparities” in suspensions and expulsions. . . . In many of these districts, the drive to “get our numbers right” has produced disastrous results, with startling increases in both the number and severity of disciplinary offenses, including assaults and beatings of teachers and students. Sperry also wrote a comprehensive essay for the New York Post in December outlining how lax discipline policies where enabling a wave of violence against teachers and students. He detailed incidents across the country, including mass resignations of teachers after escalating assaults. In local news reports at least one former Broward school-resource officer has spoken bluntly about the pressure not to arrest students and said that the number of resource officers was cut in half. Brian Entin ✔ @BrianEntin "We are the laughing stock of the world right now." Recently retired @browardsheriff school resource officer speaks out because he says current officers are afraid to. Says there is a shortage of SROs, and pressure not to arrest troubled students like Nikolas Cruz. @wsvn Embedded video 1,497 11:27 PM - Feb 27, 2018 Twitter Ads info and privacy 1,214 people are talking about this As Sperry relates, lax discipline meant that the Parkland shooter not only had no criminal record when he purchased his rifle, he didn’t even have the arrest record that may well have spurred additional inquiry when people did report their concerns to the FBI. Recall, he was disciplined for fighting, for assault, and for bringing bullets to school. The upshot was that the lack of an arrest record made it difficult for police to confirm that Cruz was a proven threat and to intervene when they received call-in tips and complaints from neighbors, classmates and relatives about his stockpiling of weapons and desire to kill people, law enforcement officials say. It’s too much to pin the Parkland shooting entirely on school policies — after all, there were other opportunities for police to intervene more effectively — but this history does highlight that there are profound risks in leniency, especially when leniency is directed at violent students. It’s one thing to show a measure of grace to students who commit non-violent offenses, it’s another thing entirely to enable and excuse those who commit assault. No, let’s not involve law enforcement too soon when no one is under threat. But the simple fact is that some kids should face arrest. 2 The school-to-prison pipeline is a problem. We don’t want to see kids cut off from college, good jobs, or the military because of mistakes made in their youth. At the same time, law-abiding students and teachers have their own rights, including the right to teach and learn in a safe environment. Yes, let’s be creative in addressing non-violent offenses. No, let’s not involve law enforcement too soon when no one is under threat. But the simple fact is that some kids should face arrest. Some kids should have criminal records. In trying to protect these kids from themselves, school districts are making innocent students and teachers more vulnerable. That’s an unacceptable tradeoff.
Pot meet Kettle Nadler back then
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2019 on Trump Impeachment at Triad Conservative First meeting in Greensboro police chief search highlights racial injustices "Community members said the next police chief needs to understand and respect the city’s history from the Greensboro Massacre to the death of Marcus Smith, a Greensboro man who died last September after police used a controversial RIPP-Hobble restraint on him." " The Chavis library meeting, though small with only eight residents attending, was lively and brought out the frustrations of Greensboro’s black community. " "Assistant City Manager Trey Davis said he was happy with the first meeting. "
The City council will yawn and go about their socialist ways. I noticed at the Rhino Times that public comments are being solicited regarding selection of a new Chief of Police: The community forums are: Monday, Sept. 23 at noon, at the Vance Chavis Branch Library, 900 S. Benbow Road Monday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 219 N. Church St. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at noon at the Glenwood Branch Library, 1901 W. Florida St. Monday, Sept. 30 at noon at the Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Rd. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at noon at the Benjamin Branch Library, 1530 Benjamin Pkwy. "The police chief will be hired by City Manager David Parrish, not the Greensboro City Council, but city council members will certainly have input whether they attend the community forums or not. Parrish said, 'We want to give our residents the opportunity to engage and offer input on what is most important to them in our search for a new police chief. Because everyone has a busy schedule, we are offering an online survey in addition to in-person community meetings. We’ll use the data we collect to help shape our search.' One of the issues being talked about is whether it is better to promote from within the Greensboro Police Department or go outside the department. There will be a national search, but that doesn’t mean that the new chief won’t be someone currently working for the Greensboro Police Department." My observation, er prediction, is that the process in the final analysis will be determined by the usual suspects and the outcome will give the PD (and the citizens) someone who won't rock the boat.
Cowardice: Poll finds 70% of Republican students lie about views to get good grades.
More often than not the GOP brings a knife to a gun fight. Tis' but a scratch says the Black Knight:
Dick Baron is a honest reporter but he dares not tell the King he is nekid
We all understand that government needs to raise money to fund it's responsibilities. But, over the years we have seen politician weaponize taxes to fund what/who they like and thwart what they oppose. Take money from one group and give it to another is not something that I think government should do. No wonder we have a divided nation!
As Yogi Berra once famously said " It's deja vu all over again " The Community Reinvestment Act ( as amended multiple times since 1977 ) required lax lending standards that spread to the rest of the mortgage market. That fueled the mortgage boom and bust. Read The "True Origins of the Financial Crisis" This misguided scheme here in our fair city is not the proper role of government
Yes it can be done. Davidson County sounds feasible. Like this
Scott shouldn't be messing in NC's political business any more than Burr or Tillis shoild be interfering in South Carolina's
TC: Ditto to everything you said about the GOP. The alternative is this and it is scary
And if you have the endorsement of Nelson Johnson , you have a lock
Red Flag Laws Are Stupid and Useless
TC: Excellent . You covered the water front. Dangerous rhetoric is spewing out from the liberal Democrats .. the party of tokerance .. HA ! Red flag laws are stupid and threaten us. Even Dershowitz says so: Trump should be very cautious if given a bill to sign on making national " Lunacy Warrant " laws. Red Flag Laws. A catchy phrase, sounds like it conveys wisdom but is largely of little merit. After every mass shooting, people demand greater vigilance of persons with mental health problems. This may be a good idea but the vigilantes here cannot be civil servants. Perhaps families could be educated through PSAs and the like to recognize certain behaviors associated with latent violence but, realistically, no school teacher, professor, or employer is going to risk personal tort liability by calling the cops on someone having a bad day. We could perhaps immunize such people like states currently immunize medical personnel who in good faith report child or elder abuse cases, or a pharmacist who refuses to fill a prescription for a controlled substances on the basis of what appears to be an invalid prescription. But this would require legislation and there might be some civil liberties’ groups opposed to expanding these immunities.
Good to see a happy ending. Nice guy and terrific golfer
Enablers. Needles plus syringes cost less than .50c each for the pair. God almighty WTF is wrong with our legislative critters.