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Tom Brown June 30, 2014 at 06:22 am
The way the Lottery was sold to voters 30 years ago after a couple of failed attempts at approvalRead More was the promise that a % of funds collected would go to fund schools. They tricked us all at the time by not making it clear that they would be "instead of" funds as opposed to "additional funds." The more that the Lottery contributes to schools equal amounts are diverted from preexisting funding and used for stuff like High Speed Rail and other dumb stuff. If voters had gotten what they approved there would be no shortage of school funding today.
denny rane June 30, 2014 at 07:34 am
THANK YOU Tom...!! Look you F'ing Morons... Right from the first day..."the lottery" hasRead More been the text book definition of a shell game. LOOK at the condition of our public schools. They have fallen further from grace with each passing year. Check back in 30 years and the lottery ... ASSUMING There Still Is A Public School System...will be our schools sole source of income. Across the world, "Americans" tend to be the most politically stupid and gullible of any citizen of any country. Wake The F Up already. "private" .....that means FOR PROFIT schools have been riding the coat tails of the lottery. THAT is what capitalism is all about...The Worship Of PROFIT. For the first time in history, the USA sends just as much Private Security personnel into a battle is it does Military Soldiers. Speak up now against this B.S. while you still can. God Bless
Carson W June 12, 2014 at 10:49 am
Tom, I dont think we have "tenure" in the classic sense... nor is our system a permanentRead More job, but the situation you described, but for all but the most dogged administrators, is just that. why SHOULD it take 3.5 years if a employer doesnt want the services of an employee any more.....? Most principals just dont bother rocking the boat, and let teachers be...then shuffle them off somewhere else...
Tom Ontis June 12, 2014 at 11:27 am
@Carson W. My 'friend' was not a jock, the principal was. My 'friend' may have not been the bestRead More teacher in the world, but he wasn't the ogre the administration made him out to be. My 'friend' worked with one teacher for many years that admitted he was lazy, came in right before the kids and couldn't wait to get out the door at 3 pm. Yet he was not targeted. The bottom line is that is no objectivity.
Carson W June 12, 2014 at 11:42 am
it is like that in any profession though isnt it..? My point is this. when an employer basicallyRead More CANT fire someone... that is good for the people who DONT deserve it (maybe your friend)..but also awesome for the people who do need a good firing. and in education throwing kids onto that altar of sacrifice for the teacher's sake is unacceptable.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Eli Poppers December 11, 2013 at 08:01 am
Sounds like laura Poppers does the most for her school, running all activities. She would have beenRead More the best candidate to move forward in this distinguished award
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Dan Schmitt December 9, 2013 at 04:20 pm
Catherine, Thanks very much for this excellent information. I'm confident that when parentsRead More and the community at large understand the new Common Core Standards, most will see them as as positive step forward in our childrens' education.
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Dan Schmitt November 15, 2013 at 07:31 am
Catherine, You are correct that cursive handwriting is generally no longer stressed in everyRead More elementary school. Neither is riding a horse to school, diagramming sentences, making kids wear dunce hats for punishment and a whole host of other activities that occurred in the past. I guess we can call that "change.", and, for some, change is very difficult to accept. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fact is, by the time kids get to middle school, most of their writing is done by computer keyboard. When kids get to college, most professors will not accept assignments that are not typed. So, from my perspective, spending lots of time on cursive writing is not getting the best bang for the time spent in school. And, what's wrong with printing? My cursive has always been shaky at best, so when I need to write by hand, I print. That's served me well for over 60 years. . . . . . . . . . . . A defocus on cursive writing occurred long before the Common Core Standards came on the scene. The title of your blog suggests that it's simply another anti-common core hit piece.
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Laura November 11, 2013 at 08:39 pm
There will be a Common Core Community Forum in Elk Grove on Thursday, November 14th at the HolidayRead More Inn near Laguna Blvd. & 99 Pro/Con Expert Panel discussing Common Core. Come listen and decide for yourself! Holiday Inn Express 9175 West Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, CA November 14th, 7-9pm
Dan Schmitt November 12, 2013 at 03:05 pm
Laura, I'm curious as to who the "Pro" people will be on the Common Core Expert PanelRead More discussion.
Laura November 12, 2013 at 03:20 pm
Dan Schmitt: Superintendent Steven Ladd, Assistant Superintendent Mark Cerutti, and Maggie EllisRead More (teacher & Pres. of EGEA) are the pro panelists. More information can be found on this facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ConcernedParentsofEG
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Bob B September 23, 2013 at 07:08 am
'Beauty' pageants are a means by wich (mostly) moms vicariously live through their daughters and inRead More the process they sexualize their little girls. The outfits are ridiculous and the 'acting' is coerced. I have no idea where the dads are in these girls' lives - if there are any - but I would not stand for any version of child abuse of my daughter(s), which I believe these pageants are a form of.
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EGUSD watcher August 30, 2013 at 06:30 am
Unfortunately you left out the whole other side of the story that talks about the state shifting yoRead More common core standards. Teachers state wide were told not to teach to the CST because the upcoming test will have more emphasis on explaining your answer. Not just a bubble in test, folks! Students have to type in their thought process. We can't teach that in a year, so why waste time on test prep for a dead test?
EGUSD watcher August 30, 2013 at 06:32 am
Unfortunately you left out the whole other side of the story that talks about the state shifting toRead More common core standards. Teachers state wide were told not to teach to the CST because the upcoming test will have more emphasis on explaining your answer. Not just a bubble in test, folks! Students have to type in their thought process. We can't teach that in a year, so why waste time on test prep for a dead test?
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