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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: “Monday's headlines and your open line


Have your picture made!
When: 9/16 at 2:00
Where: Capitol steps in LR

Have your picture made with People who have been blocked on Twitter or Facebook by Jason Rapert!

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Posted by aqua blue on 09/11/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “The Texas deluge open line, plus national press for El Dorado

Golfer: Do you think the Mexican drug trafficking is carried on eithout cooperation with American criminals? Remember the drug trafficking through the Mena airport during the Iran-Contra controversy during the Bush administration? Rumor was that the CIA was involved.

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Posted by aqua blue on 08/27/2017 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Charter school expansion plans under review today; use of Garland revealed and approved

EYESWIDEOPEN is not far from wrong. The Houston SD was the model that George W based No Child Left Behind on. (Or as NEA Pres. Lily Eskelen Garcia says, "No Child's Behind Left!"). They converted an old Walmart into an alternative school to which they spent students who might score poorly on tests. Or they held students who might score poorly back a year and then skipped them two years the next year. The Superintendent of Houston schools became Bush's Sec. of Ed. He was later sited for controlling test scores with the above actions and misstating test data. He also called NEA members "terrorists" as Sec. of Education.

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Posted by aqua blue on 08/15/2017 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Charter school oversight body gets new charter-friendly appointees external to Ed Department

To what "security force" do you refer? Would you rather have the entire panel made up of appointees controlled by the charter interests?
In Philadelphia, advocacy groups had to sue in the courts so that parents and the public could know the reform plan and which schools would be closed. The charter advocates argued that some shareholders such as the nonprofits and charter groups had more of right than parents and the public to have information about the plan. The Diane Ravitch blog is the source for this information. When the public coffers have been emptied by these groups and ideology as has occurred in Kansas, it will take decades to recover. It is still the PUBLIC'S money they plan to squander! "Give the charter movement a chance!" Go figure!

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Posted by aqua blue on 08/04/2017 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Charter school oversight body gets new charter-friendly appointees external to Ed Department

Thank you, Benji! The appointment of public officials on a board for PUBLIC charter schools is to maintain the voice for the public's interest, especially since the schools are financed with the PUBLIC'S TAX MONEY!

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Posted by aqua blue on 08/04/2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “An Arkansas teacher's memoir: Only the heroes stay

Taught 35 years in NLRSD. Lost count of the students lost during that time. Taught Altee Tenpenney, who had a smile that would light up a room and who was a top-rated athlete when he graduated. But he is gone now in a tragic death. Turned on the TV to see a former student taking his last breaths because what a rival said about a girl. There was a shootout at McCain Mall, and I had taught people on both sides of the rivals. Read in the paper once that a former student had assalted a current student. Early in my career, a cute blond eighth-grader dropped out of school to sell drugs. One of my students got pregnant at 12, and her mother made her drop out of school, then drove off and left her. She stayed with the boyfriend, also in my class, and later went to a home for mothers.

My eighth-grade student, whose mother was dead and came from another state, would sit beside me when his group had reading instruction. He bought me his report card during the year to show his progress. Then he was absent a few days.
He and an older girl had stolen his parent's truck and run away. He said, "They're going to try me as an adult!" I should have walked around the desk to give him a hug, but I didn't. Never saw him again.

Sometimes the tragic things happen to people not at fault. A group of former students, including parents, were traveling in a line of cars on spring break. Three of the boys were in college and had just talked to a mother in a following car. The mother watched her son's car miss the bridge and run into the water. All four young people drowned.

After 35 years, did I have any magic solutions?
In the Bible it says, "I have fought a good fight; I have run a good race." And then we leave the battle to those who come behind.

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Posted by aqua blue on 07/31/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Mark Martin will partially comply with Trump's voter data request

To add to JHUDD comments on "asking for our papers." The problem I have with the current voting issue and the laws in some states that ask people to prove their immigration status is that people who are citizens don't carry "papers". In Texas, people who appear to be "Mexican" or speak with a Mexican accent or even a Native American accent may have ancestors who have been in the local area for hundreds or years. They don't have "papers"! It is the Anglos in the area who may have been in the area only 75 to 50 years. Being reared as a GI brat, I also understand the problems with having to "show your papers." (Although I had military ID card until I was 21, and my mother had one until her recentt death.) First, the law does not require that everyone should carry proof of citizenship. In the past, Americans prided themselves with having the privilege to travel freely as well as the right of "free association".

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Posted by aqua blue on 07/05/2017 at 10:00 PM

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