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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: “UPDATE: Teachers fear Hutchinson administration has targeted LR teachers union and is pushing for more charters

JustSomeGuy: JB is right.

In the book Democracy in Chains, it reports that James M Buchanan outlined the conservative movement at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. They targeted the elimination of the public schools as a way to limit the participation of the working class and minorities in politics. Buchanan created his strategies to oppose the Brown vs Board of Education ruling. He was clever enough not to mention racial issues but to use local control, religious, and other cultural issues. Allied to the power Byrds of Virginia, they passed laws that districts that followed the federal desegregation orders would be closed. Several districts were closed 4 or 5 years. Tax money was paid for white students to go to private schools. For those years black students had no public schools. A district they tried to close was Norfolk, but the presence of too many military families with training and influence interfered with that effort.

The group has a deliberate plan to reduce the participate in democracy of the poor and minorities and silence their voice. The efforts at voter suppression, reducing the public schools, and reducing economic opportunities are tools they use.

It was no accident that the Unite the Right protest was held in Charlottesville last year.

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Posted by aqua blue on 08/12/2018 at 12:02 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Teachers fear Hutchinson administration has targeted LR teachers union and is pushing for more charters

The leaders of the Walton endowed chair for school reform claim this: Teachers lose effectiveness after five years. Thats why they like Teach for America employees; they can hire a new crop every five years. And note, TFA employees have a degree but no teacher training.
However, they and other teachers at charter schools are getting wiser. There has been movement to unionize even among those groups as they have more experience with the reform efforts. D. Savitch (sp) has treated this on her blog.

PS RB:
They carted students out of my classroom more than once in possession of a weapon. A student hit me in the face hard enough to break a tooth, and he wasnt even trying to hit me. And when they are 62 and weigh 300 pounds, they dont need a weapon. I taugh students from the SOP program. A student has to have a third felony CONVICTION to be placed in a serious offender program.

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Posted by aqua blue on 08/10/2018 at 7:26 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Teachers fear Hutchinson administration has targeted LR teachers union and is pushing for more charters

Still an NEA/AEA-Retired member after teaching 35 years in the public schools:

People dont support unions.
People dont support fair dismissal.
People dont support collective bargaining.
People don't support fair working conditions.
Some people dont even support public schools.

And then they say,

Why dont teachers DO something about the conditions in schools?

Go figure!

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Posted by aqua blue on 08/10/2018 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Speech v. guns: The kids may be winning

Notice I did not address the issue of guns. As a child at 5 years old, I lived in Germany in 1957-1960. There were East German missiles pointed at the base. Several times we packed up to go to France, but the danger fortunately blew over each time. Have been in the room where nuclear weapons were armed...just for open house on the base. My dad served in Viet Nam when I was in the ninth grade. The only reason you have the luxury of this discussion about guns is that people with really big guns, tanks, ships, and planes are protecting this country everyday. Somebody always has a bigger gun!

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Posted by aqua blue on 08/03/2018 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Speech v. guns: The kids may be winning

Steven E
You are not qualified to diagnose anyone as having autism!

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Posted by aqua blue on 08/03/2018 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Speech v. guns: The kids may be winning

Steven E
.....calling you out on your use of screaming autism as unacceptable! But I guess you are followig the example of President Trump mocking a disabled reporter on video.

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Posted by aqua blue on 08/03/2018 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Arkansas's plastic gun promoter is a Ted Cruz backer

People overlook the chaos of violence. Even in battle people are killed by friendly fire, or equipment failure, or random accidents. From Viet Nam, the infamous FNG got killed during the first week because of inexperience. Had a friend who was an MP in the Army. He didnt take his gun to the bars, Someone would just take it away and shoot me! At the Las Vegas shooting one man killed many. One of the performers said his band had guns, but it was too dangerous to use they during the chaos. And now plastic guns with no numbers can be passed through security.
What could go wrong!

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Posted by aqua blue on 08/01/2018 at 3:21 PM

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