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Re: “Last-day filing: A minimum ACT for school leaders could disqualify one of them

First of all nothing is going to change until some folks stop feeling entitled on both ends, rich, poor, minority-majority. Second, until parent responsibility and student accountability increase nothing will change. Schools don't fail kids, bad policy and bad parenting do. The bill is meant to point out the fallacies in using test data as a single indicator of success or failure. What gets me is these high rollers trying to keep poor people down. Who are of no danger to their riches, who just want a better life. It's criminal and unethical.

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Posted by Al Tru Ism on 03/10/2015 at 12:39 PM

Re: “A high school in distress

What are the reasons they have the highest scores as 9th graders? I'd guess because they come from elementary and middle schools with high parental involvement, community support and are "racially balanced" so you say, in the majority's favor. The discrepancies in the LRSD are at a base level racial, but more so based on class. It is where you live, not what you look like-check out the zone maps. School in prominent areas, while lacking district funded programming, are provided with students who can easily achieve and more instructional opportunites such as art and music, while the "browner" schools may be lacking ready made learners and valuable extracurricular activites such as art and music. Everyone is to blame in this mess, parents, teachers, students, administration and the board because the focus is not on leveling the playing field and making ALL LRSD schools schools of excellence. The LRSD is mired in a box of comfort that is scary.

Posted by Al Tru Ism on 08/28/2010 at 7:36 PM

Re: “A high school in distress

This article, while painfully accurate, should be seen as a call to the community, the district and the city to help a school in distress. While the mitigating factors that brought Fair and several other LRSD schools to this point are great fodder for bloggers, the issue is what can be done to help the school, the students, the teachers to make Fair be the best it can be, or for that matter the LRSD as a whole?

Posted by Al Tru Ism on 08/26/2010 at 9:23 PM

Re: “The line is open

Linda Watson's contract has not been renewed!

Posted by Al Tru Ism on 07/22/2010 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Evaluating LR's superintendent

Because the LREA President is an idiotic soundboard who rides others coattails and jumps off when she can make it seem like it was her idea. That board meeting was a mess last night, with those 3 idiots standing up for her when the don't know the whole story. I have to admit ole JW and Kurrus said it best last night and gave ole Linda the jabs she needed. Did anyone else catch the deductible for fixing Fair was 100,000 dollars and more has to be spent on the roof to get the insurance to pay? Doesn't sound like a "storm"damage claim to me!

Posted by Al Tru Ism on 06/25/2010 at 5:34 PM

Re: “School test numbers game

Slinger... there is no one, all inclusive, black culture. Be careful in thinking in such terms. My little black kids read, go to church, play in the orchestra, love chess, don't watch T.V. very often and understand yes ma'am and no ma'am. Besides that, the other thing that disturbed me about your post is your son's ADD as a reason NOT to go to Catholic? Is that them or you? Or will he be serviced better and given more breaks under 504 and SPED accommodations at a public school?
I think that it is a tri-fold issue.
1. The duality of being black in America. There exists a desire to live the American Dream, but still exist with in the cultural scaffold of being "black" that is intrinsic as well as extrinsically enforced by society. Hence, the talking, thinking acting white mantra but you still are out to get and have material possessions.
2. A value issue. What is valued in the home tends to be what the kid values. In the classroom I encounter kids who value family and friends more than they value education. Its a parenting issue. If mama didn't like school, didn't trust teachers, junior won't either! And that cuts across color, race, parenting situations and economic status. One of my favorite students, who graduated valedictorian was hell bent on going to the Navy like mom and dad until I had a long talk with her about what SHE valued and wanted for her life. Off to college ( not in Arkansas or to an HBCU) in the fall! She's going to be a great pediatrician.
3. Until we stop considering the white advantaged position in America as what NORMAL should be, then no ethnic group can flourish and retain their ethnic identity.

Posted by Al Tru Ism on 06/19/2010 at 9:54 PM


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