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Brainwashed_In_Church June 30, 2014 at 06:12 pm
I'd rather have my kid sext 10 messages a day than eat an extra donut a day or smoke cigarettes orRead More watch 20 hours of TV a week or go to church.
Attila July 1, 2014 at 04:35 am
The photographic recording and transmission of minors in a sexual connotation or state of nudity /Read More partial nudity is production, possession and distribution of Child Pornography (California Penal Code 311). Every single time Child Pornography is viewed the victim is victimized yet once again (the standard law enforcement line). What the participants in this study (the ones dealing with imagery) are most likely to do, or should be doing, is being criminally prosecuted and, if not in prison, ending up on the Lifetime California Sex Offender Registry, where they belong. That is what the law says, and the law is the law.
College Planner July 16, 2014 at 10:07 am
The degradation of our culture saddens me.
Chapman University. Patch file photo.
Vito Spago June 25, 2014 at 10:34 am
No. Racism is alive and well with all races. She just was able to make a payday out of it.Read More That is the name of the game for minorities and Jackson, Sharpton, and Obama are there to guide the way. Turn racism into cash, victimhood and free stuff.
The Beast ! June 25, 2014 at 10:35 am
@ Mimi, What was racist ? She didn't get a job "THAT SHE FELT ENTITLED TOO" that's notRead More racism. So my 1st issue with you Mimi is that you need to read a book and understand what the meaning of Racism is !
3xcrazy June 27, 2014 at 09:23 am
Just curious. Which one of you smart @sses landed the job? Or better yet the credentials to beRead More considered?
Dr. Don Miyada. Photo courtesy the Newport Harbor High School Alumni Association.
Brainwashed_In_Church June 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm
I wouldn't have been surprised if he had given them the middle finger salute either: "ThanksRead More (for jacking my life) but No Thanks (for allowing me to be a publicity and show and tell object at your graduation so you can feel better and ease your parents' guilty conscience)."
Brainwashed_In_Church June 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm
I wouldn't have been surprised if he had given them the middle finger salute either: "ThanksRead More (for jacking my life in the 1940s) but No Thanks (for allowing me to be a publicity and show and tell object at your graduation so you can feel better and ease your parents' guilty conscience)."
Anna E Wooten June 21, 2014 at 08:49 pm
Wow what a wonderful opportunity, I am proud of you sir. Thank yoou for doing your part.
Kirsten Vital, new superintendent for Capistrano Unified School District. Photo courtesy of Alameda Unified School District.
Dawn Urbanek July 12, 2014 at 07:30 am
"California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a record $106.8 billion budget as state coffers brimRead More with the biggest surplus in more than a decade" So why is our District being inadequately funded? It is not a lack tax revenue?
shelly July 12, 2014 at 08:35 am
Dawn, Why not post the entire quote. Not all of our taxes go to fund education. If you want moreRead More money to go to education then really value education and increase the revenue the amount that goes directly to education or establish a local education tax or donate to your local schools directly. 53% of CA tax revenues goes to education. This is a lot of money but still not enough to cover education. We are the state with the most children and the most people. We should be willing and able to fund our schools adequately. You didn't even want prop. 30 to pass when the funding was so much more dire and tax revenues were way down. And the amount our district received was much less. You stated many times that 53% of the CA budget was enough to fund schools even though the dollar amount was less than now. You have not been consistent with your blogging at all. ________________________________________________________ "California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a record $106.8 billion budget as state coffers brim with the biggest surplus in more than a decade, setting up a fight with fellow Democrats who want more spending. The 75-year-old Brown, who may seek a fourth term this year, called for an 8.5 percent increase from current spending, with $11 billion to pay off loans that papered-over previous deficits, and $1.6 billion in reserves, while increasing funds for schools, welfare and health care for the poor. Brown also said he’ll back a constitutional amendment to stockpile unpredictable capital-gains taxes and deal with looming shortfalls in public pensions. “This year the news is very good, but by no means are we out of the wilderness yet,” Brown said today at a briefing.“We must be very prudent in how we spend public funds.'” http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-09/brown-proposes-record-california-budget-of-106-8-billion-1-.html
shelly July 12, 2014 at 08:57 am
Dawn, You stated, "Shelly I would have teachers work and make less money rather than dipriveRead More students of instructional time. The cut in pay is the same and that would be what is in the best interest of students" _______________________________________________________ So you say a cut in a teachers' pay is in the best interest of students but you, Dawn, shouldn't have to donate anything because we have such a huge tax surplus???? Teachers pay taxes too so why should they pay more by way of pay cut? If we have such a surplus why do the teachers need to take a pay cut? Also why if our district needs more money is it the teachers' responsibility to provide this money?? Why in your eyes are teachers depriving students if they do not take a pay cut but parents and community members are not depriving students if they do not contribute more to cover our district? Teachers, parents and community members all pay taxes to contribute to education.
President Obama at the UC Irvine commencement ceremony. Photo credit: Pool photo.
eartha June 15, 2014 at 10:47 am
bread angel, how do you know I am not black? Oh that's right I am black and disagree I am justRead More another Uncle Tom..
Nicole June 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Bread angel, so since I'm a "racist" for disagreeing with Obama's policies, aren't you aRead More racist for disagreeing with McCain and Romney?...you know, because they are white? NEWS FLASH people have moved on from discriminating against race (for the most part).
Sallie June 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Can we get off the racist rant and on to the real issues here? We can't tell China how to run theirRead More country and stop their horrible greenhouse emissions since we owe them all our debt. There are so many things we need to clean up first (like bring jobs back to the US), and then we will be ABLE to demand cleaner air, water, etc.
ABCD team Zach Hill, Caleb Dodd, Advisor Andi Suter, Jackson Machesky and Dylan Chao. Courtesy photo.
InformedParent June 12, 2014 at 03:08 pm
Good for them! I wish them luck.
mOmO123 June 13, 2014 at 07:04 am
Good Luck Kiddos! Its nice to hear something good about the students going to Serrano for once
PortolaHillsParent June 16, 2014 at 09:21 am
Andi Suter is just one of the many great things about Serrano. Congratulations to her and theseRead More talented students.
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Brainwashed_In_Church June 11, 2014 at 10:57 am
"Never, under any circumstance, let someone who’s been drinking be a driver." I canRead More think of a circumstance. Two people, one who needs to be transported to a hospital in an emergency, the other had one beer 30 minutes ago. According to the Office of Traffic Safety, the person who had the beer shouldn't be a driver to drive the other person to the hospital.
Dan June 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm
Call an ambulance.
Donna Fleming June 12, 2014 at 10:24 am
The kids are excited and distracted in a car on the way to grad night or a prom, texting, or justRead More fooling around and accidents happen. Driunking makes it worse. Funerals for young people are unbearably sad. Hire a limo, or a driver. Be safe.
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Kay Scuttlemaker June 11, 2014 at 07:35 pm
I love (most) teachers! That being said, I think this is a step in the right direction forRead More education reform here in California. I strongly believe that what we really need is a better way to evaluate teacher performance. I'd run it like a business using a multi-pronged evaluation approach: 1) self-evaluation (the best teachers will grade themselves more critically than the not-so-great ones), 2) student evaluations of their teachers, 3) peer evaluations, 4) parent evaluations (customer surveys!), and 5) evaluations by superiors. The best teachers not only keep their jobs but should be compensated appropriately. I'm all for merit-based pay and with such a comprehensive approach to evaluating performance the margin for error would be low. Alex Caputo-Pearl's statement that this ruling is "an attack on teachers, which is a socially acceptable way to attack students" is total baloney. It's an attack on the teachers that shouldn't be teaching and that's it. Period.
Wolfman June 11, 2014 at 07:39 pm
all depends on what side of the fence you on on
Brainwashed_In_Church June 12, 2014 at 06:38 am
http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-why-that-ruling-20140611-column.html#page=1
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in San Juan Capistrano. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Dawn Urbanek June 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm
Total ADA $6,773.00
Dawn Urbanek June 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm
By any measure this does not open the school doors 180 day, does not adequately pay teachers andRead More does not provide clean , safe classrooms and adequate staffing. But I guess the sacrifice is worth it if we get a Bullet Train from no where to no where.
Dawn Urbanek June 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm
And it certaintly does not cover 10% of a districts budget that must now go to teacher pensions.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Cielo Vista Elementary School in Rancho Santa Margarita. Patch file photos.
Paul May 21, 2014 at 10:09 am
If you can't appreciate skateboarding that is fine. If kids having fun on a curb angers you to theRead More point of feeling the need to assault, steal, or react with anything other than indifference, you should be looking within, not at children having fun outside a skate shop.
Penny Arévalo May 21, 2014 at 10:12 am
According to a spokeswoman at the District Attorney's office, it was the judge who dropped theRead More assault charge from a felony to a misdemeanor over the objections of the prosecution. The case is ongoing.
MFriedrich May 21, 2014 at 10:17 am
Skate park? Southern California has lots of them. Also, most cities have ordinances againstRead More skateboarding and bicycling on sidewalks without a helmet (under 18) because of the danger to pedestrians and to boarders themselves. Hammer was wrong to steal and assault. He should have just called the cops and had them issue citations. http://www.learntorideaskateboard.com/sk8law.php Either way, yes Mr. Hammer's a complete jerk. But let's stop pretending like nobody understands the frustration and danger of skateboarding on pedestrian sidewalks. Don't bother to warn skateboarders. When I see it, I just call the cops on non-emergency number with descriptions of the boarders. I then stick around to watch the cops arrive and have them get fined. It's very entertaining. Probably, but not quite, as much fun as launching one of their skateboards over a 9 foot wall.
Howard Stephens was recently dismissed after a 22-year career in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. He was musical director at Trabuco Hills High. Photo courtesy of Ingrid Culbert.
Jj Blinn May 19, 2014 at 02:57 am
What this school is doing to Dr howard Stephens is shame full. I loved all my 4 years at trabucoRead More hills high school. and to see how SVUSD and Mr Collins the principal of THHS is treating this matter is so shameful . A once quality program is being turn into nothing, so sad and shame shame on SVUSD . Those people care only about their jobs not the students .
Mark Alan Wolfe May 29, 2014 at 04:32 pm
This great man taught me back in 1989 in Ohio when was a high school student he is a awesome teacherRead More and mentor! Shame on you for treating this man this way! GO DR. STEPS!
Lisa Panyuscsik Caughhorn May 29, 2014 at 06:33 pm
So the flurry of activity on my Facebook newsfeed today is from a group of people that I have notRead More spoken to in eons who like myself were students of Dr. Stephens 20-25 YEARS ago in Ohio. The comments revolved around the current situation regarding his termination and how we are stunned with the way he is being treated. To have this kind of response this long after he was our teacher speaks volumes of the impact he made on so many lives as a respected teacher and mentor. And I just wanted you to know.
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Capo Parent May 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm
ChristieD What is your understanding based on, rumors, innuendo, making BS up? Until you can citeRead More specific examples, why should anyone try to prove your rumors are nothing more then rumors?
ChristieD May 13, 2014 at 07:08 pm
Good point capo parent. This whole article is actually based on "he said she said" atRead More least at this point. I have asked because I received this information from a parent whose child left the school for this reason. So it is indeed not first hand knowledge. This is why I Am looking for either other validation or denial. The only quote given on a link to the school cited "what a God-send the school was." Perhaps the school might have picked another "quote," but alas, they did not. So again, a weigh in on this issue would be helpful...and if it's not true there is nothing to be worried about.
Elizabeth K May 28, 2014 at 02:43 pm
I don't understand how the teacher was an "idiot" for choosing this child. She went to aRead More rotation on soldiers who deserted the army. She was asked to pick a student who can speak in front of people. The teacher chooses a student that meets the qualifications. If the teacher had said "I can't pick that student because they are black for this particular role," wouldn't that have been racially profiling the student? She picked a student who was well spoken and whom she thought would do a good job in this role. She had faith in this student, giving him an opportunity to participate in this activity because he met the qualifications. If she had NOT chosen him because he was black, that would have been wrong. I've been to Riley's farm before. The teacher is usually given the title of the rotation (and sometimes the title is vague) and at the beginning the docent might ask the teacher for students to play a role that may involves speaking in front of the group. The students that are called should be students who are well spoken and eager to act in front of the group. Their race should not be a factor. It saddens me that in choosing a students that met the requested qualifications, this teacher is being criticized. Please note, I do not know this teacher, so if there are other facts about past behavior that are not being reported, I can not speak to those. I CAN however, speak to how Riley's Farm handles their field trips - it is an amazingly awesome experience.
Screenshot of Oxford Preparatory Academy's website.
Jaimie Crowder July 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm
I think OCMOM2 sounds very self- absorbed. Rather than consider how the school admin practices haveRead More adversely affected many children; how can we learn from those mistakes and improve the running of the school, OCMOM2 wants commenters to just be quiet so that her child can continue to thrive. I really don't think you do care about the children that have left OPA. My hopes is that all parties concerned can see the bigger picture here. Do you know why we teach children US history? ( or history in general). because unless we are aware and learn from history, the same mistakes will continue to be made or in some cases we learn what works. I see nothing wrong with a forum which allows a form of freedom of speech. And this forum has helped bring light to many issues that have been sitting in our communities. And I thank you Penny that you have this blog. It appears to me that there are some post from former or current OPA community and it feels to me they would like to just have a voice. So let that voice continue to flow.
OCMom2 July 12, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Jamie you hit the nail right in the head I am very self-absorbed, after all I live in south countyRead More and am a stepford mindless zombie.
OCMom2 July 12, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Opps with teal colored lens
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Brainwashed_In_Church May 1, 2014 at 06:35 am
Homes in CUSD just increased in value 0.69%.
Patti Bout May 1, 2014 at 07:42 am
Thanks Penny. I didn't realize that this was a CUSD only article as the blurb at the top said itRead More was from a press release from the State.
Penny Arévalo May 1, 2014 at 09:43 am
I tailored the press release for several Patches throughout my territory in Orange County and LosRead More Angeles. You get a much broader perspective looking at a larger region. Again, no SVUSD-specific story because I didn't have anything to highlight there.
The entries from Orange County School of the Arts in the Vans design contest. Photo courtesy of Vans.
djschristensen3 April 27, 2014 at 06:59 am
awesome shoes. where can I get my paper with one of those designs?
djschristensen3 April 27, 2014 at 07:00 am
pair not paper. darn spell check.
For the Dogs April 28, 2014 at 09:02 am
Super
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shelly April 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Dawn, "Provides a supplemental grant equal to 20 percent of the adjusted base grant forRead More targeted disadvantaged students. Targeted students are those classified as English learners (EL), eligible to receive a free or reduced-price meal (FRPM), foster youth, or any combination of these factors (unduplicated count)."
shelly April 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Dawn, And what you do not know is there are many people who volunteer and give to schools that areRead More in need even though their kids go to a different schools, or they have not kids in their local school. It is called a community.
shelly April 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Dawn, Dawn, And what you do not know is there are many people who volunteer and give to schools thatRead More are in need even though their kids go to a different schools, or they do not have kids in school. It is called a community.
A judge hearing a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure is hearing final arguments today. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Capo Parent April 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Union tools, and dull ones at that.
shelly April 4, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Capo Parent, Why the name calling?
fact checker April 4, 2014 at 05:23 pm
Because factual and respectful discussions aren't getting the results wanted. It's easier to trashRead More than it is to back up a losing prospect.
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Shripathi Kamath March 27, 2014 at 06:09 pm
Capo Parent March 27, 2014 at 07:19 PM FC Experience in and of itself does not make one better.Read More ___________________________________________________ It almost always does make one better. Your experience may vary, but I myself am yet to see someone do poorer because he was more experienced than he was the previous year. You, in your own profession are very likely better today than a year ago because you're a more experienced professional. You have learned more things, re-learned how to do things better, practiced more at the same thing, you have made mistakes, you have corrected them, you have confidence that you can solve some difficult problems. ___________________________________________________ Now, you might not be better than someone with lesser experience for the reasons yo offer below—although learning from one's mistakes necessitates experience. Even then, in general I prefer an experienced surgeon to a youthful, motivated one. A more experienced plumber, co-worker, politician, detective, banker, dentist, car mechanic, racquet stringer, bus driver, pilot, masseuse, ...you name it. In fact, unless the less-experienced demonstrates her value rather visibly, it is hard to pick otherwise. Without some semblance of objective measures, it'd be a crap-shoot. ___________________________________________________ "There are a lot of other factors involved, including motivation, skill level, desire, ability to learn from one's mistakes, etc." ___________________________________________________ If only we ventured to want to quantify some of these things. Because all it takes otherwise is to say that "Even though Mrs. Poole is experienced, Mr. Wright is far more skilled, motivated and has the desire and ability to learn from his mistakes, and he does not cost as much" and we have either total agreement, total disagreement or another set of "Well, being more motivated is not exactly the same as being experienced, and one set of skills do not work well to all students, and having desire makes it too personal which might too intense for some students .... etc." What we are left with is people confusing youthful exuberance for better competence, or experience for continuing excellence, and we go round and round like this. Alternating between "Experience is king" vs "Experience is not everything" ___________________________________________________ And such is fine, it is often entertaining. Because, in reality it is about cost. The issue, if we drop the charade is that senior teachers cost more than junior ones, and that is bone of contention.
Capo Parent March 31, 2014 at 02:27 pm
FC You assume the teacher next door with experience has "good" experience to share. IRead More don't think the students and teacher at Miramonte nor would the plaintiffs in Vergara v. State of California agree with your unsupported blanket statement. An experienced bad or mediocre teacher is not going to impart "good" experiences to a younger teacher.
fact checker March 31, 2014 at 04:24 pm
Of course not capo parent. What a silly argument.
Capistrano Unified headquarters in San Juan Capistrano. Patch photo credit: Jenna Chandler.
Penny Arévalo March 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm
The missing word is "be." That's my bad. For whatever reason, when you copy and paste thatRead More from the PDF, the word "be" is dropped. And because you love quote marks: http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com. I think I'm done with the series. I've got a lot of ground to cover (literally, OC to Malibu).
Shripathi Kamath March 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Penny Arévalo (Editor) March 20, 2014 at 03:38 PM The missing word isRead More ___________________________________________________ Oi, vey! Become a super-editor and one gets a bit super-sensitive to good natured ribbing?
LeAna Bui March 20, 2014 at 07:45 pm
Thanks for the laughs, Shripathi!
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shelly March 22, 2014 at 05:29 pm
Mike T. Most students at UCI are US citizens. Almost all U.S.A. citizens are descendants ofRead More immigrants except for Native Americans.
Nancy March 22, 2014 at 07:30 pm
Mike T, are those "White Americans" possibly German Americans, Irish Americans, or ??Read More Would you venture to guess how many of the Asian American students don't speak a word of Chinese? Perhaps half or more? Koreans, Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese (to name a few) don't speak Chinese. Please tell me you knew this already. Just like we might not speak Spanish, Portuguese, or French even though we're from the "Americas"-- yet those other languages dominate in eastern Canada, Latin America, and Brazil. There are large numbers of UCI students with Asian heritage (NOT nationality) in other southeast Asian countries who are not Chinese.
Shripathi Kamath March 22, 2014 at 08:36 pm
Nancy, shelly, Y'all need to speak Bircherese. 'Americans' does not include Asian Americans.Read More Because, LOOK AT THEM.
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fact checker March 21, 2014 at 11:41 am
I guess their behavior is up for interpretation. I don't see them as unethical. Naive perhaps, andRead More we all under estimated the lengths to which the opposition would go (and continues to go) to advance their own agendas. Anyone who works under Brown Act restrictions knows how difficult the law is to interpret and follow. Even attorneys will tell you that. Brown Act violations are rampant everywhere and keep many an attorney busy because it is very difficult to do public business without risking an inadvertent and unintended violation. Any attempt to revise the law is seen as an attempt to subvert the intention of transparent governance. It is as sacred a cow as Prop 13. I believe their intention was to figure out how to deal with an attack group who had the DA on their side (politically affiliated...and no one has ever denied that) and a hidden agenda. How could they do that in an open meeting? The Bealls and their ilk did their job so well that even standing up for people who opposed them is still seen as unacceptable by most people. MVM's post is clear evidence of that. She thinks even saying their name is enough evidence of malfeasance because, after all, everyone knows they did something wrong (even though every single charge and accusation came to nothing).
Dan March 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Many of the Saturday meetings occurred long before the DA was involved. Yes, the Board may haveRead More been naive, but while Fleming did nothing illegal he was most definitely unethical. He was unethical in so many arenas and the board just went along with him, probably because they didn't truly understand what he was doing. I agree with you about the whole recall group, but they would have had no fodder to manipulate and paint things worse than they were without Fleming first deceiving the public with lies regarding funding, negotiations, portable buildings, etc. None of it was as serious as the Recall group made it out to be, but Fleming is responsible for the Recall group's ability to gain traction in 2006. And let's not forget, the recall group was started by Murphy and was hijacked by carpetbagging opportunists from RSM that kicked Murphy out.
Mission Viejo Mom April 27, 2014 at 04:16 pm
Thank you Dan for your posts.
Support staff wore black to a school board meeting in 2012 when the Trsutees considered cutting more of their positions. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Shripathi Kamath March 13, 2014 at 10:19 am
Is the district paying money to generate these non-scientific surveys? Because I have a prettyRead More decent random number generator that could with a little bias, produce quicker, cheaper results. I'll even throw a few charts. ___________________________________________________ "The Board of Trustees tends to resolve issues without others and doesn’t show respect for each other" ___________________________________________________ I think we need a law that says people must respect each other. In addition they must also agree with each other. Why, just a couple years ago I benefited from this: http://bit.ly/QdMJ1C
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Shawn Gordon March 26, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Sorry Penny, the destruction of the education system by the unions has me worked up. "factRead More checker" wants to spin around in a circle and never get to the meat of it. There has to be a way to define and remove bad teachers and it shouldn't take forever. They should be scared about keeping their jobs, just like everyone else in society, and it should scare them in to doing the best job possible, just like everyone else in society.
Penny Arévalo March 26, 2014 at 02:11 pm
All of that is fine to state. Just be careful when it crosses over into personal attacks. Thanks!
fact checker March 26, 2014 at 03:05 pm
Shawn, no spin here. Just define merit. Seems like a simple question doesn't it? Make sure itRead More will apply equally to every teacher, there is some way to measure it, and it is not open to interpretation by anyone.
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