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Re: “Judge Griffen on Supreme Court action against him: "Everything we know about due process indicates that was unfair."

It tickles me that you bozos can't come up with a response any more valid than the tired "you're a racist" liberal rallying cry. How's that been working out for you?

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Posted by justsomeguywhoreadsthisblog on 04/24/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Judge Griffen on Supreme Court action against him: "Everything we know about due process indicates that was unfair."

In Griffen's court, forget the victims or even the defendants -- it's all about arrogant Griffen and his "rights." Please, let the racism accusations fly; they are predictably amusing.

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Posted by justsomeguywhoreadsthisblog on 04/24/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Supreme Court bars Griffen from hearing cases related to executions

Arkguy80, what exactly did Judge Sykes say or do, and what abortion related case was before her while saying or doing whatever it was?

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Posted by justsomeguywhoreadsthisblog on 04/17/2017 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Supreme Court bars Griffen from hearing cases related to executions

Give a name and specific example, Perplexed.

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Posted by justsomeguywhoreadsthisblog on 04/17/2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “State school chief makes it clear: Charters more important than LRSD

That, Eyeswideopen, is exactly the kind of name-calling that provides no real answers or clarity. And no, the teachers' union does not put students first. What about going on strikes puts students first? There is nothing "wrong" about representing the interests of teachers, but if you think teachers' unions do anything other than that then it is you who is wearing rose tinted glasses.

I know there are good teachers in our public schools, but there are more than a few who are absolutely pathetic and have no incentive to get better. If you disagree, then you simply have not had first hand experience with LRSD.

For we parents who actually have kids in LRSD, it is not a "raid on taxpayer funds," but rather OUR money and OUR kids. Why should I not be allowed to decide how to spend my money to educate my kid? Because in your mind, I'm not "qualified" enough to make decisions for myself?

So tell me, what's your solution? Do you deny that our public schools are an embarrassment? If not, how do we fix them? More money? That's certainly worked up until now, right?

Posted by justsomeguywhoreadsthisblog on 03/23/2017 at 4:13 AM

Re: “State school chief makes it clear: Charters more important than LRSD

If you look at it as just "taking away money," I understand your point. However, it could also be seen as providing an incentive to NOT have money taken away. Provide a good product, and you get funding. Provide a bad one, and you will lose it. LRSD is already funded more per student than most private schools, yet it is not producing consistently good results. Perhaps there is some other answer other than the carrot and stick approach, but I don't think just blindly throwing money at them is the way to go. That's what we've been doing, and it hasn't worked.

Yes, the union is not beneficial. By design, it represents the interests of teachers and not students. Aside from that, there are all sorts of legal obstacles associated with firing of public employees that do not exist in private schools. I think teaching is a situation where it should be easy to get rid of poor performers without having to go through miles of red tape. Education is too crucial and once opportunities are missed, they're often gone.

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Posted by justsomeguywhoreadsthisblog on 03/22/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “State school chief makes it clear: Charters more important than LRSD

My child is a middle schooler at LRSD and has been an LRSD student since pre-K. Elementary school was fine, but this year has been terrible. He has a substitute in multiple classes EVERY DAY because of teacher attendance issues. One teacher (math) has been out since the beginning of the school year and we have had subs move in and out ever since. The health teacher wears headphones during class and simply hands out worksheets for the students to complete on their own. The math issue really concerns me because math is so important and middle school is a crucial time for learning the fundamentals.

Aren't charter schools based on the concept that if someone thinks he can get a better value for his tax dollars at a different school, then he is free to do so? Can't any child go to a charter -- even the inner city kids that Arkansas Times claims will be left behind by charter schools?

I make and sell products for a living. If I knew everyone had to have the type of product I make and had no option but to buy it from me, I wouldn't work nearly as hard as I do to make my products good. Why is this concept any different when it comes to education? Why will competition for revenue not result in a superior product like it does in all other industries?

I know you all like to trash Johnny Key and Republicans and whatnot, but I am looking for a real and logical answer that does not depend on name calling. I want to be open minded here, so someone please fill me in.

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Posted by justsomeguywhoreadsthisblog on 03/22/2017 at 12:14 PM

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Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism


 

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