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Ken Mortland July 22, 2014 at 07:11 am
I understand the sentiment and your frustration at being manipulated by the district in which youRead More live. But opt-in has its problems, too. Many parents are disengaged from their children's education and would never opt-into anything, despite the fact that their children are likely to be among those most in need of evaluation. Testing only the children of those parents who "opt-in" provides a pool of data points that is not likely to reflect the entire population and would be skewed in unpredictable ways. No, the opt-out method remains the best approach statistically and revision of the law would seem to be the better goal.
Carl Petersen III July 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm
Ken: in my opinion your argument presents another benefit of opt-in. I think that anything thatRead More forces districts to promote parental engagement is a good thing.
Ken Mortland July 14, 2014 at 07:59 am
Not fond of Arne either, Carl, but this is an exercise in futility. If NEA and AFT combined can getRead More no action with similar proposals, there's little we can do. Suggest you investigate the BAT network in your lovely state. They're going some good work.
Carl Petersen III July 14, 2014 at 08:21 am
I am in totally agreement with you about the BATs.
dexterjibs July 20, 2014 at 11:38 am
I agree but it is no surprise that arne duncan is incompetent. Pres obama appointed him becauseRead More duncan worships saul alinsky. He was appointed because of his political beliefs, not qualifications. This is the way obama operates. Look at obamacare. Obama has zero medical experience but was dubbed a healthcare expert and allowed to dismantle our healthcare system. Our country is sick putting this guy in charge.
Alice Virginia Anderson July 14, 2014 at 08:39 pm
Whatever happened to Proxmire's Golden Fleece Awards? Doggone it, we need diligent watchdogs toRead More expose such idiotic spending, such as the logjam described. I remember Proxmire's first award - went to the very deserving National Science Foundation who shelled out nearly $85K for a study on get this - L.O.V.E. In the movie 'Dave,' starring Kevin Kline, a famous scene where the president is trying to shave budgets in order to save a homeless shelter, Dave asks the Secretary of Commerce why his department is spending 43 million on an ad campaign which, in essence, helps Americans feel better about their car. A car they already own. Dave: So we're spending forty-seven million dollars to make people feel better about a car they've already bought? Sec. of Commerce: (throat clearing heard)... Well, I wouldn't categorize it quite that way... But back to Proxmire, which the movie 'Dave' does not mention, but it clearly is holding feet to the fire when it comes to wasteful - outrageously wasteful - spending... *The Federal Aviation Administration was named as a contender for the Golden Fleece for spending $57,800 on a study of the physical measurements of 432 airline stewardesses, paying special attention to the "length of the buttocks" and how their knees were arranged when they were seated. *Office of Education for spending $219,592 in a “curriculum package” to teach college students how to watch television. *United States Postal Service for spending over $4 million on an advertisement campaign to make Americans write more letters to one another... So, you are right on the money, David Anderson, a voice crying out in the wilderness. And I, like you, an wondering... Is anybody listening? Anybody?
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Dennis Bauer July 10, 2014 at 11:28 am
The Emperor's New Clothes comes to mind where the whole crowd was "loyal" but only the boyRead More at the end of the parade told the truth... which the emperor needed to know much earlier.
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John Arbeeny July 6, 2014 at 10:11 am
Yet another worthless unelected government agency which attempts to put its thumbprint on everyone'sRead More lives. A few years ago they proposed an expansive increase in their inspectors in order to look for chimney smoke coming frog from "unapproved" wood stoves. Why? Because Puget Sound fails to meet federal clean air standards.......10 days a year! That's less than 3% fail rate. Got to man up and spend our tax $$$ to get that last 3% don't you know. I wondered too how these inspectors were going to find smoky chimneys when most folks use their wood stoves at night when they're home from work in the dead of winter. This is all about power and little if anything to do with clean air.
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