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    It's time to think about radical steps for the Little Rock School District, including the possibility of state takeover. Current governance isn't working well and seems unlikely to get better.
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Re: “The Thanksgiving eve open line

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

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Posted by aqua blue on 11/22/2017 at 7:42 PM

Re: “New report on ill consequences of charter schools

In 2013 in Philadelphia, Parents United for Public Education had to sue the school district for a list of 60 schools to be closed. The District argued in court that this was an internal document that some stakeholders and philanthropic groups had more of a right to know about than parents or the public. The District lost the case. In other words, the parent and the public did not even have the right to know what the plan was, much less expect to require any accountability.

In Memphis, the state Achievement Schools tried to force the Memphis public schools to turn over student information so that they could engage in student enlistment in charter schools. Dont know the outcome, but the parents protested the practice.

Shades of Johnny Key: I dont Have to follow the same rules on public notice as a school board.

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Posted by aqua blue on 11/21/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Arkansas a leader in laws against better working conditions

What is Walmart going to do when public assistance is reduced? There is a line item in their budget that tracks the amount of SNAP payments Walmart stores RECEIVE as revenues! Looks like they would supporting the level of public assistance that enables the low wages of their employees! Oh, wait......

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Posted by aqua blue on 11/20/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “The Clinton anniversary open line; talk includes some Trump digs amid the memories

Listening to Bill and Hillary from the State House Convention Center now!

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Posted by aqua blue on 11/18/2017 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Senate adds end of insurance mandate to tax bill

Besides Bethesda is now Walter Reed Memorial Hospital. They closed the the old site and combined it with Bethesda. Navy nurse daughter called after the merger and said, The Army and Navy are not playing well today!

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Posted by aqua blue on 11/14/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “The Civil War according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders

In his book American Notes, Charles Dickens was as disappointed with the sweat shops in Northern cities as slavery in the South. He made strong criticism of both regions in the US, offending many of his fans.

The conditions in the Northern factories were brutal. They locked workers in, resulting in such great loss of workers that fire codes were created. Children were chained to the looms where they lost hands cleaning the lint out. Indentured Servants were beaten and abused. The practice of using Indentured Servant was not made illegal until 1917 in the US.

This is no defense of slavery in the South.
TSALLENARNG is correct in saying that many people in the North didnt oppose slavery either. Look at how blacks are treated in Northern cities. Some have expressed the opinion that if African Americans had not left the South, THEIR cities would be better. Indiana had a great many KKK members envolved in state and local governments. The Klan headquarters are in Indianapolis.

If the treatment of Native Americans in all regions, Latinos in the Southwest, Asians in the Far West, and even adding working class people in Rural America, this country still has many challenges to face. No one has bragging rights!

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Posted by aqua blue on 11/01/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Jim Hendren ends arrangement for drug court labor

Sen. Hendren is Chair of the State & School Employees Life Insurance & Retirement Joint Task Force. He complained about employees with chronic conditions like diabetes and hepatitis making insurance rates high for legislators. (We share the same insurance as teachers, though teachers pay a larger amount than state employees or legislators.). And to think his business was profiting from the abuse of the health of prisoners and other employees! Go figure!

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Posted by aqua blue on 11/01/2017 at 3:24 AM

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