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Catherine Barrier 
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Re: “An open line and an Arkansas face in the D.C. crowd

Olphart I assure you my panties are not, and have never been, unisex. I'm definitely a woman, and I like it that way. Hopefully, so does that young woman, so let's not make her feel like she is less esteemed than her male colleagues.

Max--yup, I caught that! Just feeling like being the feminist grammar police today.

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Posted by Catherine Barrier on 01/13/2016 at 7:19 PM

Re: “An open line and an Arkansas face in the D.C. crowd

Why is he a "young man" and she is a "girl"?

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Posted by Catherine Barrier on 01/13/2016 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Visiting a prison? A word about dress codes

Jeggings are essentially denim leggings--jeans+leggings=jeggings.

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Posted by Catherine Barrier on 11/25/2015 at 9:02 AM

Re: “LRSD 'wake' protests state takeover of district on anniversary of last school board election

Saying the schools can't be improved until the district is returned to local control is a recipe for destroying the LRSD. Barring a court decision favorable to takeover opponents (and that could take awhile to be final), the return of local control will happen when the state BOE wants it to. I think the general consensus, whether or not you supported the takeover (for the record, I was outraged), is that we need to make education better for the students in the district. Is there some reason we can't work towards that goal now? We have many schools that are doing well, many wonderful, accomplished students, many more students who want to excel but need some help, more National Merit Semi-Finalists than anywhere else in the state, and we need to dedicate ourselves, as a community, to making sure that is true at all of our schools.

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Posted by Catherine Barrier on 09/17/2015 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Antonin Scalia: 'Originalist' when it suits

The three-fifths compromise meant, for representation purposes, all free people of whatever color would be counted. Slaves counted as 3/5ths of a person. The only people what weren't counted were "Indians not taxed." "Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons."

Posted by Catherine Barrier on 03/03/2015 at 5:21 PM

Re: “From Oakland: A lesson in how to turn a tough school around

I'm not criticizing, at all. I think they've done great things. I just wanted to give some context for Little Rock-- I think the standard used to assess whether or not our schools are "distressed" sets the bar quite high relative to other districts with similar demographics, and many of the school systems that are being trotted out as "models" for improvement here are, as Max has pointed out a number of times, actually performing less well than the LRSD. That doesn't mean what this school in Oakland has done is not impressive, but it does illustrate the need to look at how everyone at the table is defining "success" in the LRSD, and why.

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Posted by Catherine Barrier on 02/08/2015 at 10:40 AM

Re: “From Oakland: A lesson in how to turn a tough school around

I'm impressed they've come so far, and it's a sensible method for improvement. For comparison, however, I'd like to point out that Madison Middle School's California test scores are _considerably_ worse than even the worst of Little Rock's "academically distressed" schools. There are only a few subjects in which they have over 50% of their students scoring at or above 'proficient', and in some grades it's much, much lower--10-30%. http://tinyurl.com/mwjmzar

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Posted by Catherine Barrier on 02/08/2015 at 10:07 AM

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