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Re: “Bill to strip qualifications for education commissioner clears House committee

I thought legislation was supposed to benefit the greater good.
This bill is clearly made to benefit one person- so let's call it the Johnny Key bill- unlocking the door for the fox to get into the henhouse. This bill is an expression of favoritism and repayment of political favor.
Obviously this is not about common sense or why this provision was written in the first place. There are qualified people out there who will tow the Walmart party line (Dexter Suggs, cough,cough). Why gut the requirements? Oh yeah, because everyone who has ever been to school is an expert on education.
This bill, like HB 1733, undermines the investment made in Higher Ed programs. We've expanded Ed D programs, but now we don't need them to fill our top education position? The economic impact of college degree programs-in terms of income to colleges and banks, increased earnings for the degree holder, employment at the college level will be diminished by some of this legislation ( in addition to all the other damage to k-12 and undergrad teacher Ed programs).

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Posted by stories on 03/13/2015 at 12:31 AM

Re: “State Board of Education chair says school legislation a surprise. Also: Walton-paid lobbyist introduced to facts

I consider Sam Ledbetter a friend and a man of integrity. In his years in the leg I feel he voted what was best for our state and his constituents. I know he reached his decision re:LRSD after careful consideration.

I woke up this morning wondering if he had realized that he had been duped.

I hope he will redouble his efforts and rally his personal and political resources to undo this mess.

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Posted by stories on 03/12/2015 at 12:04 PM

Re: “School tests illustrate NCLB failure

Max:
"A" means ALERT STATUS--that is it is the first year that the school did not make AYP
"Ach" indicates ACHIEVING--that is MS or met standards

Posted by stories on 11/13/2011 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Arkansas approves road bonds; NLR taxes go down

The NLR ballot wording was so vague. I couldn't tell which one would support firefighters/police. I was not about to give the Commodore funds allocated to "general capital expenditures"

Posted by stories on 11/09/2011 at 5:00 AM

Re: “Charter school fans massage numbers

Fudging the numbers is nothing new with the pro-charter folks. I know a grad student who was employed by the Walton-supported pro-charter "research" unit at U of A. When entering test-score data of charter school students she was specifically directed to either leave out scores below a certain point or change the scores to a more favorable (higher) number before entering them. After questioning this practice (grad students have to take stats courses) she left that position.

Posted by stories on 10/29/2011 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Zoo Jam has financial problems UPDATE

RODGER REEDER!!!???!!! I worked with him in Austin MANY years ago when I worked for the local concert promoter there. Just because it worked in Texas, doesn't mean it will work here. Just because Boo at the Zoo was successful doesn't follow that giant country show will be--especially because it appears that no one checked the date for conflicts--like ...ummmm.... the Razorback game in Dallas or Bill or.... (I have always said there needs to be a central calendar somewhere). If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. 18,000 people??? really??? how many go to an outdoor show at Riverfest(just the show, not the festival)???

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Posted by stories on 10/04/2011 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Candidate files for LR School slot

You forgot an option co led
4. sock puppet of a certain lawyer

Posted by stories on 07/16/2011 at 7:41 AM

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